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David L. Dothard is a native of Knoxville, TN.   David graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a major in History.  He was awarded the Odell and Gilpatrick Scholarships and was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa .  While at Furman, he worked for a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. and was also fortunate enough to participate in a foreign study program in Eastern Europe.


David next earned a Master of Science in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics in London, England.  While in London, David lived at the International Hall, which was home to graduate students from over fifty (50) countries across the globe.


David earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005.  He was the Co-Founder and Articles Editor of the Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy, a publication dedicated to scholarship at the nexus of public policy and the law.  David returned to the United Kingdom for a summer to study international law with Ms. Breeding at Cambridge University's Downing College.


David joined Shelley's practice in the summer of 2008.  He is a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations.  In his free time, David enjoys golf, reading, bowling, the outdoors, and University of Tennessee athletics. 


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
    6 years
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
  3. Divorce: 20%
    6 years
  4. Contracts: 15%
    6 years



Hourly ($200-275/hour), contingent (25-33%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Joseph Lodato

    Dave is a great lawyer, well versed in many areas of the law, ranging from wills and estates to contracts to divorce and family law. Dave is a true people-person and carries with him much life experience. I have known Dave since law school. He is truly bright and intelligent and an asset to our profession.


    Joseph Lodato Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Bradley Lamar Henry

    I have known David for a few years. I know first hand that he is an excellent lawyer, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a construction law or family law attorney.


    Bradley Henry Federal crime Attorney
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Contact info

Breeding & Dothard, LLC

117 Center Park Drive
Suite 201
Knoxville, TN, 37922-2139


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBreeding & Dothard, LLC2010 - Present
Associate AttorneyBreeding & Erwin, LLC2008 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Electronic Industry Association1999 CCTV Report for Public Safety1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
London School of Economics and Political ScienceHistory of International RelationsMA - Masters2000
Furman UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1999